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Pastor Willie and Lucille Smith married 54 years

The Smiths believe: Children must be trained to love and serve the Lord

Gigi Tinsley | 6/12/2014, 9 a.m.
Willie and Lucille Smith

The Smiths believe that “a full quiver of children is a blessing from God.” They filled their home with eight. They are the “God-fearing” parents of eight — two boys and six girls — four are ministers: Pastor Gale Smith Wilcox, Apostle Willie, Jr., Palatka, FL, David, co-pastor and Minister Linda are both serving at Mt. Olive Fire Baptized Holiness Church with their father at 8400 N.W. 22nd Ave.

The other children of the Smiths are: Annette Weeks and her deceased twin sister, Brunette;

Ronnie Seymore, Columbus, GA and Vickie Fairweather, First Lady at North Dade Community Church.

There are 13 grandchildren and three of them are in the ministry: the chairman of the Deacon Board, Shaun Henderson and Minister Mark Weeks at Mt. Olive under the leadership of their grand father; and six great-grand children. Of the six, the oldest, Angeles Henderson, 10, is in training to become a junior deacon.

The Smiths started their ministry at a storefront on 18th Ave. and 66th St. in 1960 known as Macedonia Fire Baptized Holiness Church. As the children were born, the Smiths saw them as singers in the choir, poem writers for programs and business managers to help enhance the ministry. “All of our children are very gifted children, and as they grew up, they worked in the church,” Sis. Lucille said.

In 1979, the ministry grew greatly in membership with young people. “The Lord began to speak to my heart about getting a larger place. My wife and I began to pray and fast,” Smith said. “Then I saw this building at 8400 NW 22nd Ave. and it was for sale. I immediately knew that the Lord was directing me. That I was to build God a house on this property.” Not only did the Smiths purchase the property that the church sits on, but they also bought several bordering lots.

Willie Smith was born and attended public schools in Douglas, GA and came to Miami in 1955 to live. He became a member of New Shiloh Holiness Church in Coconut Grove under the leadership of Reverend Wesley Servance. He served as an usher for many years. It was at New Shiloh that the Lord touched Smith’s heart about entering the ministry as a pastor. “God anointed him to carry his word to the people,” Sis. Lucille said. “We have served the Lord together for 54 years and we still love him.

It was in 1958 when Smith met the lady that was to become his wife. Two years later, he and Lucille Daniels were united in Holy Matrimony.

According to Smith and his wife, “The keys to being successful in the ministry and having the Lord pleased with your efforts are being faithful, steadfast and honest. Even when you can’t hear his voice, you can read his word and follow it.”